X
JOIN US

Do you want to help create a happier and kinder world? If so, please join our movement, add your pledge and we'll send you practical action ideas to make a difference. By choosing to Join, you trust Action for Happiness to take care of your personal information and agree to our Privacy Policy.

I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me

join

news

news rss feed rss logo

Why happiness is elusive

02 Dec 2010 | Press.co.nz

Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard, get the big promotion, meet the right person, win the lottery we'll be successful and therefore happy.

Yet recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have found that's not the case. Happiness itself is the precursor to success and fulfilment, not the other way around.

In the Western world most of us have been conditioned to believe that if we follow the well-worn path to success, we'll end up happy. The steps in this formula are usually finishing school, landing a good job and working hard until we've climbed to the top rung of the ladder. The trouble is this recipe is flawed.

Psychology lecturer and author Shawn Achor, in his book, The Happiness Advantage, explains why.

"If success causes happiness, then every employee who gets a promotion, every student who receives an acceptance letter, everyone who has ever accomplished a goal of any kind should be happy. But with each victory our goalposts of success keep getting pushed further and further out, so that happiness gets pushed over the horizon."

Read article here

tags

Action for Happiness

145247 followers

  • December Kindness - Day 11: Give someone your place in a queue (in traffic or in a shop) https://t.co/Cu8yrtfCZk #DoGo…

    yesterday 7:34am

  • Listen more than you talk. You already know everything you've got to say https://t.co/IrJuVSx5fO

    yesterday 7:34am

  • Be kind, even on your bad days #DoGoodDecember https://t.co/I3Gm8QKcMk

    yesterday 8:52am

  • @CreaserLRC: Inspired by my students made a kindness calendar for December. Today was Give a high five or a wave to s…

    yesterday 8:52am

  • @mindfuleveryday: "The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They make the best of everything." ~ #mindfu…

    yesterday 8:51am

  • @betterussell: Lovely #kindness advent calendar from my friends https://t.co/XhREGIfQb3

    yesterday 8:51am

  • December Kindness - Day 11: Give someone your place in a queue (in traffic or in a shop) https://t.co/Cu8yrtfCZk… https://t.co/vfTJd3fDo7

    yesterday 7:38am

  • Be kind, even on your bad days #DoGoodDecember https://t.co/I3Gm8QKcMk

    monday 10 dec 9:53am

  • December Kindness - Day 10: Count your blessings: list the kind things others have done for you https://t.co/zgEL5qM3i…

    monday 10 dec 7:22am

  • A little progress each day adds up to big results https://t.co/dZm4MlrGgU

    monday 10 dec 7:22am

follow us on twitter